FNB Namibia has announced relief measures for SMEs with an annual turnover of less than N$10 million and with lending facilities of less than N$5 million.

To qualify, customers must have a good track record of honouring their payments prior to 1 March 2020. Qualifying businesses are requested to go to the FNB app, click on the Covid-19 icon and follow instructions. Commercial customers are requested to contact their relationship manager to discuss requirements.

Regional councillors no longer allowed to issue travel permits
FROM 20 April regional councillors will not be allowed to issue travel permits during the state of emergency.

Due to the countrywide lockdown, Namibians are strictly required to limit movement within and outside regional zones. However, according to George Simataa, Cabinet secretary and chairperson of the national disaster risk management committee, travel permits can still be obtained from police regional commanders and previously authorised station commanders, regional directors of health and regional directors of education.

City of Windhoek to reopen cash halls
THE City of Windhoek sent out a public notice stating cash halls will reopen from 22 to 24 April for account payments and queries only. Office hours will be from 08h00 to 16h00, with social distancing measures in place. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed into the hall at a time. Markers on the floor will guide social distancing.

Ministry of trade hands over material for masks
THE Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade handed over N$40 000 worth of material to various tailors in the Khomas region to start manufacturing masks to protect against Covid-19. The minister of trade, Lucia Iipumbu, said approximately 25 000 masks are expected to be produced and sold to citizens for between N$15 and N$25. She added this is in preparation of the period after the lockdown when people will return to work and will be required to wear masks. Manufacturers Dinapama Manufacturing and HEKTA Holdings have already started with production.

MUN speaks out against retrenchments
THE Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) has condemned mining houses who are retrenching workers. Acting MUN president Allen Kalumbu said retrenchments are putting even more pressure on the government by increasing unemployment. He said it is high time that workers are respected and treated as business partners. Kalumbu said the fact that the Labour Act makes provision for retrenchments should not be abused by companies, calling on mining houses to engage with mineworkers branch executive committee members to avoid retrenchments.

Compiled by Roxanne Bayer

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